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Project of the Day: ‘91%: A Film About Gun Laws in America’ Challenges the Status Quo

Project of the Day: '91%: A Film About Gun Laws in America' Challenges the Status Quo

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91%: A Film About Gun Laws in America

Tweetable Logline: 91% of Americans are for comprehensive background checks. Why can’t Congress pass any meaningful legislation to ensure our public safety?

Elevator Pitch: “91%” is a documentary project that is about our Nation’s gun laws with a focus on background checks. The title of the film comes from a poll that came out shortly after the Newtown shooting that showed that 91% of Americans were for background checks on all gun sales. Despite a mandate like that, Congress could not muster enough support to even bring it to the floor for a vote. Meanwhile, there are over 30,000 gunshot fatalities every year in the United States and 40% of gun sale transaction occur with no background check at all. How does this happen?

Production Team:

John Richie – Director
Shell Shocked – Director / Editor
Donna Dees Thomases – Producer
Brent Joseph – Editor

About the film:
 Last year, I traveled the country screening my film about youth and gun violence called Shell Shocked. While talking to people who had lost loved ones at screenings, I realized that a commonality between most shooting in the U.S. is that the shooter is somebody who should not have had lawful access to firearms. Looking further into this, I became aware of the giant loopholes in our current background checks. I feel most people are not aware of this, and if they were, there would be a much bigger response to our government’s inaction when it comes to gun policies.
Current Status: We are fundraising and just started production

For more information and to support this project: Kickstarter Page

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